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Dive Review of Beaches in
Turks and Caicos

Beaches, Apr, 2011,

by Kris Kraman, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 6017.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving roatan, beleize, palau, red sea, curacao, florida keys, cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be sure to ask for a buddy dive so you do not get stuck with OW groups with limited depth, kept time to 40 min dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments bucket for cameras on the boat, no shore facilities at all

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We normally go to the mom and pop places for a more personalized, intimate experience. However, having a 6 month old baby, we wanted a little more established place and the choices are few for infant care.

The resort was excellent. Typical, tropical hotel rooms. A little dated on styling (we were in the Caribbean section, I believe the other sections are newer, updated) but, very clean and comfortable. Great food with 16 restaurants to choose from and top shelf drinks, all inclusive. Day care for our son was excellent, he enjoyed being there and had fun. Diving and child care included.

Two tank dives were good. Went farther away to better reefs, the "house" reefs were not good, typically go there for the one tank dives. A lot of nice dives on walls, lots of grey reef sharks, a few turtles, permits, tarpons and a lot of lion fish. Wasn't a huge mix of smaller fish or great quantities. You need to go with a dive buddy, otherwise, you get stuck with the crowd of OW and AOW divers. Either way, they pushed you to keep dives around 40 - 45 mins. If you buddy dive, you can get in first and out last and stretch that to 50 mins. Divemasters didn't really point out much, they tended to just keep the pace of the group.

If you are looking for a little less intesive dive trip with other distractions at the resort, this is the place. If you are looking for excellent diving and the whole experience, you might want to look at other dive shops or another location.
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